Querrey maintains stunning form
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:45
The 21-year-old looked in trouble at 4-4 15-40 in the deciding set against the Russian but won the next eight points to seal a 6-3 3-6 6-4 triumph.
Querrey has won 19 of his 24 matches since losing to Marin Cilic in the second round of Wimbledon and has risen to a career-high 23rd in the world rankings.
His recent success, which has included three ATP Tour finals and a title in Los Angeles, has earned him the US Open Series title and he will win an extra million US dollars if he can triumph at next week’s New York grand slam.
However, Querrey, who will face Jose Acasuso in the last four, insists that will not weigh on his mind.
“Obviously if you’ve got extra pressure on you, it’s a good thing,” said the sixth seed. “You’re doing something right. I kind of went out there today with no pressure, just kind of swinging away. I think that’s why I started so well.”
Second seed Fernando Verdasco had no problems in reaching the last four, demolishing Austria’s Jurgen Melzer 6-3 6-1.
He will face Russian seventh seed Igor Andreev, who needed a deciding set to defeat Leonardo Mayer, 6-4 6-7 (4/7) 6-3.
The women’s top seed Svetlana Kuznetsova was also a quarter-final casualty, the French Open champion losing 7-6 (11/9) 2-6 6-3 to resurgent eighth seed Amelie Mauresmo.
Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki, though, stayed on course for a repeat with a 6-4 6-3 victory over Virginie Razzano.